This gave me an idea of using QR Codes to leave little "notes" of encouragement for my 1st graders. Since reading is a skill that is taught and refined in first grade, I knew that a QR Code that provided a text response could be a challenge to read for some students. However, there are a couple of options for creating QR Codes that play audio.
Here is how I envision this in my classroom. Randomly put QR Codes in students' desks, book box, lunch card holder, etc. When a student finds one he/she can use our iPads to scan the QR Code and hear what the code says. I could start the year with my voice being the one speaking but transition to students creating their own voice QR Codes to share with each other. Talk about building happiness in addition to classroom community! The sky is the limit for what your QR Codes could say.
"I am so proud of you." "Keep up the great work in math." "Thanks for being a kid of character." "I am so happy to have you in my class." "You have been a rockstar worker lately, keep it up!"
Below are a few resources for creating the audio QR Codes:
Once you save your recording, you are given a link to the recording. Copy the link and take it to a QR Code generator like Kaywa or QR Code Generator. Paste your link and create a QR Code. Now you have a QR Code that you can print and cut out and place in a student's desk.